Strike While the Iron is Hot

Craig is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and has worked with ProjectManagement.com for the last six years developing the various HEADWAY processes (Project, Change and Portfolio). He has hosted a series of webinars and is a business intelligence subject matter expert.

While the worst of times may be behind us, the uncertainty in the world around us is keeping everyone on edge--particularly those management-types holding the purse strings. Many projects and project managers are suffering as a result of this larger economic hardship. You are being asked to do more with less, and while the end of these hard times may be around the corner, for many it sure doesn’t feel that way.

Maybe it’s just a matter of perspective. Rather than being half empty, maybe the glass is actually half full. For one, if you’re reading this article, you probably still have a job--which is more than many can say. Moreover, the times following an upheaval in the economy or within your organization is also a time of reflection, creativity and change in how that organization pursues and manages its strategic initiatives. I would argue that the opportunities for project management to make inroads in an organization are actually better now than they have been for many years. Let’s look at some different scenarios.

In good times, many organizations (most?) are not as enthusiastic about looking into creating organizational change through dramatic modification in how they conduct their business. The reason for this is simple: sales are growing, profits are up and shareholders are happy. If the bottom line is healthy, then more often than not …

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